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Diction, Connotation & Author's Purpose
Transcript of Diction, Connotation & Author's Purpose
Author's Purpose Exercises
While reading the language ask yourself if the diction is ideal for its purpose.
Connotation & Denotation
Connotation is the emotional and imaginative association surrounding a word.
Denotation is the strict dictionary definition of the word.
Diction refers to the author's WORD CHOICE
The topic determines the specificity and sophistication of diction
Purpose: to entertain (via poem)
Genus Rosa are deep red #53
Violets only grow indigenously in the eastern United States
I am suffering from an emotional mental state commonly referred to as love
And I hope you are having the same brain impulses.
Purpose: to inform
Ay may'nnn, its ya boi, OG E-Money. I finna talk bout' da military industrial complex in da United States. Ahhh nashun we be makin guns and glocks cause the big defense industries gain $$$$$$. Ol' mayne Eisenhower warned us bout it, and now we paying fur it!
Holla acha boi
Formal diction is largely reserved for scholarly writing.
Informal diction is the norm in expository essays, newspaper editorials, and works of fiction.
Colloquial diction and slang (which are both forms of informal speech) are typically used to capture a particular dialect.
The choice of words, the diction, creates the color and texture of the written work. It determines the level of formality.
It shapes the reader's perceptions.
Diction depends on the
Articles on computers are filled with specialized language:
interface, hard-drive, RAM, gigabytes, etc.
The author's purpose, whether to inform, persuade, or entertain partly determines diction.
You have recently purchased a pair of shoes for a mere $20.
Would you rather tell your friends that they are CHEAP or INEXPENSIVE?
Food for Thought
Remember, diction is WORD CHOICE, the author's conscious DECISION (the author's purpose) to use one word with a certain connotation over another word with a different connotation.
1) There are over 2,000 vagrants in the city.
2) There are over 2,000 people with no fixed address in the city.
3) There are over 2,000 homeless in the city.
If your purpose was to persuade an audience that homeless people were undesirable which of the statements above would you use?
Which statement is more positive?
Which is more negative?
His daughter was nosy; she asked many questions.
His daughter was curious; she asked many questions.
Turn to your partner and rank the words on the top of the back side of your notes in order from positive to negative.
I chose the word pussyfoot for a reason!
Consider the choice of words below: